This 1986 Land Rover Defender 90 has the color theme you want in a
classic SUV, and you even have the mighty diesel power. But as you
dig deeper, you'll also discover nice extras, like a solid motor
investment and cold-blowing A/C. It makes for a rugged classic with
a true all-around appeal.
The minty green paint is pure classic Land Rover cool. So while
this is a younger 90 model, it properly delivers that vintage
feeling that connects it with its iconic Series siblings. In fact,
this one is truly part of the Land Rover tradition because it was
once used by the Ministry of Defense in Great Britain. And the full
package has the right long-standing robust style with
sturdy-looking body lines, color-matched steel wheels, and robust
bumpers. And because the allure of a true Land Rover is ability
more than vanity, this has the nice look of a well-worn and
functional style. It really does have the best in 4x4 details, like
the front brush guard, large Wipac spotlights, a rear step, a
proper tow hitch, and a full-size spare mounted on the big rear
door. It all makes for the kind of overall style that makes even a
milk run look like a safari.
The interior is extremely versatile and even has the right comforts
added in. The front seats can sit three across but each has nice
bolstering for individual comfort. The classic facing jump seats in
the rear look cool and are ready in case you're asked to get an
army troop up the hill. And with the wide swinging door and fully
carpeted floor, it also makes for a nice hauler that can slide big
items in and out with ease. There's an authenticity to this one,
right down to the right-hand driver layout that makes this a true
Brit. But one feature you know wasn't part of the original Land
Rover plan - but many owners wish it was - is this 4x4's
cold-blowing air conditioning.
The 2.5-liter diesel motor under the hood is a powerhouse that was
never offered in the USA, but when you want the best in torque, you
know it's the one you want. In fact, while these are already known
for their robustness, we're told this example was overhauled within
about the last year. And the way this one fires up readily and runs
eagerly reaffirms the feeling of a solid investment in the motor.
This was never made to be the fastest SUV out there, but the
five-speed manual transmission makes sure you have the control to
call up plenty of torque in the moment you need it. The high ground
clearance and two-speed 4x4 transfer case assure that you can keep
going even when the trail ends. But there's more to this one. The
power steering, power brakes, and front discs make sure that it's
easy to cruise in this Land Rover.
This military-grade Defender has a robust style that you'll love
showing off, especially because you get to do it from A/C comfort.
So if you're looking for a fun, authentic, and useful Landy, call